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Nomad rugged leather cases: Trio protects your new Apple iPhone 11 Pro in style

Nomad has become my favorite iPhone case brand with awesome leather that ages with character, solid protection from typical drops, and reasonable prices. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Developer Takes Down Ruby Library After He Finds Out ICE Was Using It

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A software engineer pulled a personal project down after he found out that one of the companies using it had recently signed a contract with the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The engineer, Seth Vargo, cited the ICE’s “inhumane treatment, denial of basic human rights, and detaining children in cages,” as the reason for taking down his library. The project was called Chef Sugar, a Ruby library for simplifying work with Chef, a platform for configuration management. Varga developed and open-sourced the library while he worked at Chef, and the library was later integrated into Chef’s source code.

Earlier this week, a Twitter user discovered that Chef was selling $95,000-worth of licenses through a government contractor to the ICE. The news didn’t go well with Vargo, who, yesterday, September 19, took down the Chef Sugar library from both GitHub and RubyGems, the main Ruby package repository, in a sign of protest. “I have a moral and ethical obligation to prevent my source from being used for evil,” Vargo wrote on the now-empty Chef Sugar GitHub repository. Vargo’s actions didn’t go unnoticed, and in a blog post published later in the day, Chef Software CEO Barry Crist said the incident impacted “production systems for a number of our customers.” The Chef team fixed the issue by scouring some of the older Chef Sugar source code and re-uploading it on their own GitHub account. Following public criticism of the contract, Chef Software CEO Barry Crist responded by saying the company had been a long-time ICE collaborator for years, since the previous administration, long before ICE became the hated agency it is today.

“While I understand that many of you and many of our community members would prefer we had no business relationship with DHS-ICE, I have made a principled decision, with the support of the Chef executive team, to work with the institutions of our government, regardless of whether or not we personally agree with their various policies,” Crist said.

“I want to be clear that this decision is not about contract value – it is about maintaining a consistent and fair business approach in these volatile times. I do not believe that it is appropriate, practical, or within our mission to examine specific government projects with the purpose of selecting which U.S. agencies we should or should not do business,” Crist added.

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Source:: Slashdot

7 Ways VPNs Can Turn from Ally to Threat

VPNs are critical pieces of the security infrastructure, but they can be vulnerable, hackable, and weaponized against you. Here are seven things to be aware of before you ignore your VPN. …read more

Source:: DarkReading

Emergency button saves gamers from sudden death… of starvation

Free burritos keep the action going but, jeez, open a window would ya?

Hardcore gamers no longer have to tread the knife-edge of actual life or death in the physical world while pwning n00bs in their favourite battle royale.…

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Source:: TheRegister

How CXC Simulations turned a Radical race car into an incredible racing sim – Roadshow

We get behind the wheel of CXC’s latest racing sim before it heads off for duty on a Norwegian cruise ship. …read more

Source:: CNet

Traveling While Black VR experience places viewers within the story – CNET

It feels as if you’re part of the conversation on race and inequality in America. …read more

Source:: CNet

How to fix iOS 13 Mail bugs on the iPhone

The iOS Mail app has been a bit of a mess throughout the iOS 13 beta process, and it seems that some of these bugs have made it through to the final release. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Good old Auntie Beeb’s mobile app berates kids for being rubbish online

TMI, luv. TMI. No, please don’t look at Goatse. Stop. STOOOP

The BBC has launched a mobile app – Own It – with a Beeb-approved interface aimed at keeping kids safer online when using baby’s first smartphone.…

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Source:: TheRegister

Dolby Vision, HDR10, Technicolor and HLG: HDR formats explained – CNET

Yep, there are lots of ways to get HDR on TV. Let’s break ’em down. …read more

Source:: CNet

Custom Game Pad Can Reprogram Itself

In the heat of the moment, gamers live and die by the speed and user-friendliness of their input mechanisms. If you’re team PC, you have two controllers to worry about. Lots of times, players will choose a separate gaming keyboard over the all-purpose 104-banger type.

When [John Silvia]’s beloved Fang game pad went to that LAN party in the sky, he saw the opportunity to create a custom replacement exactly as he wanted it. Also, he couldn’t find one with his desired layout. Mechanical switches were a must, and he went with those Cherry MX-like Gaterons we keep seeing lately.

This 37-key game pad, which [John] named Eyetooth in homage to the Fang, has a couple of standout features. For one, any key can be reprogrammed key directly from the keypad itself, thanks to built-in macro commands. It’s keyboard-ception!

One of the macros toggles an optional auto-repeat feature. [John] says this is not for cheating, though you could totally use it for that if you were so inclined. He is physically unable to spam keys fast enough to satisfy some single-player games, so he designed this as a workaround. The auto-repeat’s frequency is adjustable in 5-millisecond increments using the up /down macros. There’s a lot more information about the macros on the project’s GitHub.

Eyetooth runs on an Arduino Pro Micro, so you can either use [John]’s code or something like QMK firmware. This baby is so open source that [John] even has a hot tip for getting quality grippy feet on the cheap: go to the dollar store and look for rubber heel grippers meant to keep feet from sliding around inside shoes.

If [John] finds himself doing a lot of reprogramming, adding a screen with a layout map could help him keep track of the key assignments.

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Source:: Hackaday

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